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Summer Camp

Summer Camp at The Bartlett
Summer Camp Brochure 2015
The lush grounds of the Bartlett Arboretum feature 20 acres of manicured gardens showcasing plants from around the world, while our trails wind their way through more than 70 acres of forest, wetland, meadow, and pond habitats. We offer a unique opportunity for children to explore and learn about plants, animals, and a variety of nature-related topics in a convenient and safe residential setting.

Children joining camp will be on their way to becoming true junior scientists and naturalists. They will learn all about the natural world around them and connect with it on a daily basis. Our enthusiastic staff consists of college aged men and women who are passionate about nature and protecting it for future generations. Your child will learn the basics of gardening, work on creative art activities, meet plants and animals from around the world, and most importantly, have days full of fun!

We look forward to providing your child with a summer program filled with exploration, hands-on learning and fun as they expand their appreciation of nature.

Week 1: June 29 - July 2Flowering Plants, Butterflies & Honeybees (4-day session)
Our perennial garden, honeybee hives, and butterfly garden will be in full swing for this week.  Campers will get up close and personal with exciting pollinators and the plants they interact with.  We’ll use microscopes and magnifying glasses to take a closer look at these amazing insects and plants.
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Week 2: July 6 - July 10Ponds, Rivers, Streams, and Swamps!
This week we’ll get a little wet and muddy exploring the different aquatic habitats here at the Arboretum.  We’ll wade in our streams, look for birds and reptiles in our wetland, and, of course, do lots of scooping in our pond.  This is a great week for the explorer in your family.
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Week 3: July 13 - July 17Worms, Soils, and Composting (4-day session)
If you have a child at home who likes to get dirty, dig in the soil, and likes to bring a squiggly friend home from time to time,  this is the perfect week for him/her.  We’ll explore the underground world up-close, getting to know all the creatures that live there and how they work together to create a healthy environment for plants and people.
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Week 4: July 20 - July 24Edible Gardening
As more and more families and communities become connected to where their food comes from, we’ll take this week to showcase our vegetable and herb gardens.  Campers will help harvest crops from our gardens to share with their families at home, and we’ll have some special snacks throughout the week as well.
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Week 5: July 27 - July 31Tree Tour
Over the last 100 years, the Arboretum has planted and cared for many different types of trees from around the world.  We’ll use this week to learn about these special trees.  Campers will learn basics in tree identification, the difference between native and non-native species, and we’ll discuss some of the reasons why trees are so important to people from around the world.
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Week 6: August 3 - August 7Animal Investigation
This is the week for animal lovers.  We’ll study and learn about a different animal group every day. We will have some special visitors bring in animals for campers to meet up close.  We’ll do some basic birding, look for animal tracks throughout our woods, and look for animal homes on the property.
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9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Extended Day: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

4* - 11 years
*4-year-olds attend half day camp from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

4-day weeks:$260 (members), $300 (non-members)
5-day weeks: $300 (members), $350 (non-members)
Extended Day (until 5:00 p.m.): $20 per hour (members and non-members)
Age 4 Half-Day 4-day weeks: $120 (members), $140 (non-members)
Age 4 Half-Day 5-day weeks: $150 (members), $175 (non-members

Camp registration begins March 1, 2015 and continues until full. Pre-registration required. Full payment is required at pre-registration; 50% refundable up to May 30. No refunds after May 30.

Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens will provide a healthy snack, however children are responsible for their own peanut-free lunch. Children should dress appropriately for the weather, as we will be spending time outside each day.

Please contact Todd DuPont, director of Children's Education, at for more information.

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